Album Review: Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust?

Papa Roach had a pretty decent start in the 2000’s. After signing with DreamWorks Records in October 1999, they immediately entered the studio to record their major-label debut album titled Infest. Including the popular, “Last Resort”. The band left their nu-metal style behind with their fourth album “Getting Away with Murder” – the band’s first album that didn’t include rapping. The album’s second single, “Scars” helped this one go Platinum. The band has changed a lot since then, (it must be obvious with “Metamorphosis”) and moved on to what they call “harder and faster”. Allmusic has compared their recent work to 1980s glam metal, writing “At the close of the 2000s, the quartet has shed the rap and the angst, ditching all the alt-metal accoutrements to become a knowing update of an ’80s Sunset Strip sleaze rock outfit.”


I’ll give this band one thing, they are mighty good storytellers.


My first impression on this album, of course was the band’s single “Not the Only One”. We’re told on the website that this album is heavier tracked. With that being said, I believe that the pop influence in the industry is taking over, and these alternative bands really have to work up to those expectations and keep up with what’s hot. I don’t think the electronic overdubbing really fits, but there is a lot of contrast in this tune. On this track, I believe the band is trying to work with the one thing that might have worked for one song – the big instrumental breaks. This track takes me to a more Skillet sounding track.


With that being said, let’s get into this album. Who Do You Trust? is Papa Roach’s 10th studio album through Eleven Seven Music. According to the band’s website, it is filled with emotionally charged lyrics. This one is a quick turnaround since their last record, “Crooked Teeth” dropped in 2017. “Our goal for our 10th album was to push ourselves even further into genres that inspire us most. We have reached the place where we always wanted to be, creating new and exciting music.”  – Bassist Tobin Esperance


I do agree, this album is very much filled with emotionally charged lyrics. Papa Roach continues their nu-metal style, but more electric, and with bigger ‘breakdowns’ so to speak. Many bands force albums out to make their producers happy, but this band pushed out a thorough album that I believe will make their fans happy. This is a more serious, in your face Papa Roach with bass.


I can definitely hear a Zach De La Rocha in Jacoby. Especially within their title track, “Who Do You Trust?”. I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all, beings that we probably won’t have Rage for a while. If any band is going to do it, Papa Roach is the one.


I don’t think there’s a “what could have been” with this album, this band is on track doing what they’ve been doing for years. I think the electronic, bass-ey feel is right for them as their vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix has found himself a voice with purpose. I’m not saying he’s never had it, but this time it feels more real. With that all being said, Papa Roach really delivered with this album. I had big doubts, as many people did – but they have continued to prove that they are Papa Roach, and nobody will stop them.


Papa Roach will celebrate the release of Who Do You Trust? By joining Shinedown and Asking Alexandria on the ATTENTION! ATTENTION! U.S. tour:

Mar 15, 2019 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Center

Mar 16, 2019 – Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Center

Mar 17, 2019 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena

Mar 19, 2019 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena


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